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Wilderness at dawn : the settling of the North American continent /
Ted Morgan.
imprint
New York : Simon & Schuster, c1993.
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541 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0671690884
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imprint
New York : Simon & Schuster, c1993.
isbn
0671690884
catalogue key
3261618
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 497-514) and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1993-03-08:
In this ``collective biography of ordinary Americans,'' Morgan ( FDR ) offers an involving, if a bit disjointed, popular history of North America to the end of the 18th century. He draws on memoirs, journals and academic studies for his colloquial, panoramic narrative; his anecdotes mainly eschew the famous for intriguing characters like William Fitzhugh, who in 1674 built a 13-room house, complete with Turkish carpets, on Virginia's ``gentrified'' northern frontier. As Morgan covers the advances of the European powers and the formation of the United States, he does not ignore the many depredations of the powerful. But the French-born author is, above all, an American enthusiast, and he concludes by celebrating the emerging nation's egalitarianism and ``spirit of enterprise.'' Sometimes, however, Morgan's search for relevance--as when he links colonial tobacco propaganda to 20th-century ads for ``Marlboro Country''--seems strained, and he makes few attempts to apprise the reader of ongoing debates about historical interpretation. BOMC main selection; History Book Club and QPB alternates. (May)
Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-04-15:
Morgan, the biographer of Klaus Barbie ( An Uncertain Hour , LJ 12/89), Franklin Roosevelt ( FDR , LJ 11/1/85), and others, here turns his attention to the settlement of the frontier. Drawing on diaries, journals, letters, and similar sources, he begins with the first people to cross the Bering land bridge about 15,000 years ago, continues with the story of the European settlement of those colonies that played the most significant roles in the struggle among Spain, France, and Britain for control of the continent, and concludes by surveying the Western lands in the decades following the American Revolution. He tells a good story, emphasizing the ordinary people who did the actual settlement, but does not provide the analysis needed by specialists. The account is comprehensive for the years up to 1630. While it gets sidetracked for the period after that, this book is recommended for undergraduate and public libraries as a useful survey of the colonial frontier.-- Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette
Appeared in Choice on 1993-10:
Morgan surveys movements of people into what is today the US, from the arrival of the earliest hunters approximately 15,000 years ago to the colonists of the late 18th century. The author depends on published literature, some of it dated, to write this overview. As a writer in search of a good story, Morgan occasionally creates unusual emphases, such as a chapter devoted to Georgia's Salzburger settlement. That approach also generates some misperceptions, for example, that George Whitefield was little more than a ranting frontier itinerant, misrepresenting the great evangelist. Morgan's treatment of Whitefield and others may stem from his inclination to favor the adventurous and rebellious characters in early American society. The author also is strongly neo-Turnerian, an approach not widely followed by a majority of historians today. Although the book is readable, its nature renders it of little use for most college students. Its most likely audience will be general readers who prefer an anecdotal approach to the history of Colonial North America. J. H. O'Donnell III; Marietta College
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Kirkus Reviews, March 1993
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Booklist, April 1993
Library Journal, April 1993
Choice, October 1993
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 11
First Arrivals
The First Fifteen Thousand Yearsp. 18
The Exploration Feverp. 47
The Spanish Presencep. 71
The French Frontierp. 89
English Footholds
The Jamestown Frontierp. 108
The Pilgrim Frontierp. 133
The Dutch Frontierp. 152
The Puritan Frontierp. 165
Frontiers in Collisionp. 193
The English Advance and the French Retreat
The Manorial Frontierp. 220
The Chesapeake Frontierp. 237
The Black Frontierp. 248
The Salzburger Frontierp. 265
The Quaker Frontierp. 276
The Hinterland in 1750p. 297
The Frontier in 1750p. 308
The French Departurep. 331
America for the Americans
Stars to the Flagp. 352
The Land Hungerp. 393
The Ohio Companyp. 410
The Creeks Fight Backp. 438
The Struggle for Statehoodp. 448
The Land Operationp. 461
The Young Nationp. 481
Acknowledgmentsp. 495
Notesp. 497
Indexp. 515
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